Tree of Life

“For it is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and for them that uphold it, everyone is rendered happy. Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace. Long life is at its right side, riches and honour at its left”.

Proverbs 3:18

The above quotation from the Torah, the guidebook to Jewish life, refers to the study of this vital text. Through the approach suggested in the Torah, we celebrate Jewish existence. The quotation was the inspiration for a fundraising project that includes a major artwork installation called the Tree of Life.

Celebrating over 150 years of South Australia’s Jewish community, the Tree of Life provides sponsors with the opportunity to own part of the Tree by contributing funds to the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. With the kind permission from the AHC and the artist Simon Kessel, the Adelaide Jewish Museum has used the image of the Tree of Life sculpture for its identity and logo. The tree casts a shadow in the form of a menorah, the archetypal symbol of Judaism. This aspect of the design was the inspiration of graphic designers Hollinshead Zikas.

More about the Tree of Life Artwork, and the Artist, Simon Kessel.